I like this biscotti better than any I have had in a bakery or coffee shop. They are not too sweet, have a light orange flavor and a lot of crunchy walnuts, and are very easy to make.
Everything is mixed by hand in one bowl – no mixer – and takes just a little handling to form. The dough is divided and plopped in big globs on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to make two piles. Then, with water-dampened hands, the dough is formed into two rustic-looking logs.
The slow baking takes a little time – 25 minutes @ 300 degrees F and then 30 minutes @ 275 degrees to make the crispy slices.
I enjoy these very much just as a quick snack (they travel well) or dunked in tea or coffee.
Orange and Walnut Biscotti
¼ cup light olive oil
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. orange extract
1 tsp. grated orange peel
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1-¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sugar, orange extract, orange peel and 2 eggs. Whisk in salt and baking powder, then with a spoon, stir in the flour and chopped walnuts until blended.
Spoon half of the batter onto one side of the prepared baking sheet, making a rough cylinder. Spoon the remaining half of batter onto the other side of the baking sheet, making a rough cylinder. With water-moistened hands, form each cylinder into a a log about 12 inches long x 2 inches wide, allowing a space between the two logs.
Bake @ 300 degrees F for 25 minutes until dough is just cooked through and lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. REDUCE OVEN TEMPERATURE TO 275 DEGREES F.
Remove each loaf to a cutting board and with a serrated knife, cut diagonally into ¾ inch wide slices. Place the slices on their sides on a rack that has been placed on the baking sheet. Leave a little space between slices. Bake @ 275 degrees F for 15 minutes, turn slices to the other side and bake for another 15 minutes. Biscotti should feel dry and be golden brown. Remove rack from pan and allow to cool completely.
Makes about 16 biscotti.